By Full Contact News and Views
The Welshman, who finished third in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC series in his rookie European year, will step up to the 400hp GP3 car to drive in all three test days with Status GP at the Yas Marina circuit on November 27-29.
The 18-year-old, whose ability has been recognised by the BRDC Rising Star, MSA talent scheme and Caterham Academy, is testing with a view to potentially moving up full-time in 2015 to GP3, which is an 18-round Formula One™ support series featuring at Grands Prix across Europe, Russia and Abu Dhabi.
Morris, who scored FR2.0 race wins at Silverstone and Assen this year, said “Now that my 2014 race season is over, our focus has immediately turned to on and off track preparations for 2015 and we are delighted to be going to Abu Dhabi with Status. The challenge of learning to drive the more complex and powerful GP3 car is one I am relishing and I aim to make a good impression.”
Teddy Yip Jr, the team principal of Silverstone-based team Status GP, said “We welcome Seb on board for the test and greatly look forward to working with him. Status has been keeping a close eye on his progress this year and, alongside his wins, his three pole positions have clearly demonstrated real speed. Over the three test days he will have chance to learn GP3’s Pirelli P Zero tyre, the car and the track, and then really go about setting some impressive times.”
The test days will each feature five hours of track time for GP3 cars, which alternate sessions with the GP2 Series, at the circuit which five days earlier will have hosted the Abu Dhabi Formula One™ Grand Prix and also the GP3 Series season finale.
Status GP drivers Richie Stanaway and Nick Yelloly currently are second and sixth respectively in the 2014 Drivers’ Championship points standings, having twice secured 1-2 finishes during the season to date.
Prior to the test, the Jack Wills, TAG Heuer and Oxford Vaughan ambassador Morris will undergo intensive preparations, including heat acclimatisation fitness training and simulator sessions.
Dan Chapman, senior partner of Full Contact, said: “We aim to leave no stone unturned in maximising this opportunity and the Abu Dhabi test forms a key part of our strategy for exploring what is the best option for Seb in 2015.”
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